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Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State 

Auschwitz: The Nazis & the 'Final Solution' (original title)
The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.








Series cast summary:
Samuel West ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2005
Horst Günter Marx ...  Rudolph Höss 6 episodes, 2005
Gert Heidenreich Gert Heidenreich ...  Narrator in German version 6 episodes, 2005
Linda Hunt ...  Narrator in U.S. version 6 episodes, 2005
Klaus Mikoleit Klaus Mikoleit ...  Henrich Himmler 4 episodes, 2005
Dario Gabbai Dario Gabbai ...  Self - Jewish Prisoner, Auschwitz 1944-1945 / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Oskar Gröning ...  Self - SS Garrison, Auschwitz / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Libusa Breder Libusa Breder ...  Self - Jewish Prisoner, Auschwitz / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Eva Mozes Kor ...  Self - Jewish Prisoner, Auschwitz / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Jozef Paczynski Jozef Paczynski ...  Self - Polish Political Prisoner, Auschwitz 3 episodes, 2005


An in-depth visual and verbal account of one of the most notorious episodes of World War 2. Using location shots and combining CGI, for a 3-D realism, this is a documentary, through a timeline, showing its conception, ideals, horrors and liberation of the Death Camp that is Auschwitz and its role in "The Final Solution". Using reconstructions of key events by actors playing major Nazi hierarchical roles and real interviews from parties of all sides; ex-prisoners, old Schutzstaffel (SS) members and witnesses. Using archive footage conjoined with reflective, contemporary imagery it is a vivid and thorough historical telling of the atrocities of a political ideology that gave nothing but fear and death. Written by Cinema_Fan

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In 1949 the Auschwitz concentration camp was torn down and replaced by a hospital that hospital is still here today (2021) See more »

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The BBC does it again
6 March 2007 | by jason-210See all my reviews

This is a superbly produced documentary, based largely on information that has come to light since information from the eastern bloc countries and former Soviet Union became accessible.

The documentary comprises mainly of interviews with surviving SS soldiers and surviving prisoners from the Auschwitz and similar camps. It uses CGI special effects, combined with film of the Auschwitz camps to achieve the most realistic reconstruction of how it looked, and how it operated. Dramatisations of various meetings and events have been authentically reconstructed with well cast actors.

The stories from the survivors, particular in the episode about children, are the most moving I've ever seen in a documentary. The combination of original photographs, moving music and a first hand account from a survivor make these stories most poignant.

It does not demonize the Nazi's, but gives in insight into the mentality that pervaded the regime. It shows them as lacking empathy. We see evidence that not only the Germans, but many French, many Hungarians and many Slovakians were only too willing to help deport their Jews; even the British Police, on the Nazi occupied Channel Islands, were willing to send Jews to the east. Finally, the documentary shows how the surviving Jews, or their return to their homeland, were treated badly by their fellow countrymen.

This documentary shows that what happened in the holocaust happened because humans, not just Nazi's, are capable doing terrible things to humanity, given a certain set of circumstances.

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19 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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